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-1MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING UNIVERSITY OF DANANG NGÔ THỊ BÍCH HÀ -2The study has been completed at College of Foreign Languages, University of Danang Supervisor: TRAN QUANG HAI, Ph.D. Examiner 1: Assoc. Prof. Dr. TRAN VAN PHUOC A STUDY OF PRE-SEQUENCES IN INVITATION IN ENGLISH AND VIETNAMESE Examiner 2: Assoc. Prof. Dr. LUU QUY KHUONG Field: THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE Code: 60.22.15 M.A. THESIS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE (A SUMMARY) The thesis was defended at the Examination Council for the M.A. theses, University of Danang. Time: 22/10/2010 Venue: University of Danang Supervisor: TRAN QUANG HAI, Ph.D. DANANG – 2010 The original of this thesis is accessible for the purpose of reference at: - Library of the College of Foreign Languages, University of Danang. - The Information Resources Center, University of Danang. -3- -4- CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION of receiving a bad sign, they can save their invitation. Therefore, both the speakers and the hearers will not feel unpleasant, they still 1.1. RATIONALE maintain the good relationship. Communication is the prerequisite to maintain social Moreover, each language contains its specific cultural features relationships, language is the most effective and practical means of of each country. People from different cultures are studying communication. People use language to exchange information or languages of other cultures, even it is absolutely different from their convey their ideas or feelings such as ordering, promising, cultures. In many cases, non- native speakers and native speakers fail complaining etc and invitation is indispensable. to understand each other that cause unpleasant, offensive problems To have successful conversations, each interlocutor has to although they have good wills. There are variety of ways that the perform some conversational principles such as the cooperative and speakers express the invitation. They are determined by cultural- the politeness principles. Among them, politeness plays an important based. The illocution force behind a particular invitation might differ role in making utterances in communicative process. Evenly, it also completely from one culture to another. The learners invite their contribute in helping speakers decide whether or not to produce the teachers to join a party and they say: first pair part of the base sequence in order to avoid failure in Vietnamese: Sir, today, on the occasion of the Vietnamese communication. Teachers’ Day, we have prepared a small party. We would like to invite you to our dinner. When using invitations, most speakers especially Vietnamese may often use pre-sequence as a polite strategy as well as a safe strategy. We can take this example as a proof: A: Are you busy right now? British: Could you please to come to our dinner for the celebration of the Vietnamese Teachers’ Day?[15, (pre-sequences) B: No, why? A: I’m baking a cake now. Won’t you come over? [54, p116] In this conversation, the speakers use pre-sequence to survey if their invitation can be accepted. If they receive a good sign from the hearers, they will continue to give the official invitation. In the case p47] We can see that Vietnamese use Pre-sequence to give a reason before they give an official invitation. It can be also seen as a polite strategy because it can express their respect to their teacher while the British do not use pre-sequence in their invitation. From the above example, it reveals that there is a different cultural thought patterns. -5Therefore, it inevitably happens -6cross –culture when we communicate and in some cases the invitation fails. For these above reasons, I would like to choose “A study of pre- - Contrast the syntactic and functional features of this speech act in English and Vietnamese to find out the similarities and differences between the two languages. sequences in invitation in English and Vietnamese” as the topic of - Suggest some implications of the findings for the teaching and my M.A in the hope of making some contribution to the development learning of English and Vietnamese as foreign languages. of learners’ skills as well as the process of teaching and learning 1.3. RESEARCH QUESTIONS English when we have to deal with pre-sequences in invitation. 1.2. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1.2.1. Aims of the Study This study is carried out with the aim at helping the Vietnamese learners of English acquire knowledge of pre-sequences in invitation The study will clarify the following questions: 1. What are the typical structures of Pre invitation sequences in English and Vietnamese? 2. What are the functional features of Pre-invitation sequences in English and Vietnamese? and use them more effective in appropriate situations. Moreover, the 3. What are the similarities and differences between English and finding of the study will help the learner to use of pre-sequences in Vietnamese in the syntactic and functional features of Pre- invitation effectively in communication. invitation sequences? 1.2.2. Objectives of the Study 1.4. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY In order to have a good insight into Pre-sequences in invitations, The author hope that the study will be able to provide useful syntactic and functional features of Pre-sequences in invitation are knowledge to enable better use of PIs in cross – cultural analyzed carefully. communication in English and Vietnamese. The findings of the study - can be the potential source for the teaching and learning PIs in point out the most typical structures of Pre-sequences in invitations used in English and Vietnamese. English and Vietnamese in particular as foreign languages. - Analyze the functions of Pre-sequences of invitations in terms of 1.5. THE SCOPE OF THE STUDY strategy involving politeness. This research is carried out by analysis the syntactic and functional features of pre-sequences in invitation in English and -7- -8- Vietnamese. The analysis of the data collected from textbooks, short and the using pre-sequences considering as the perspective of stories, novels and films. politeness. Within the scope of the study, response of invitation as well as In Vietnamese, Pre-invitation sequences were cursorily stated in non-verbal aspects such as facial expressions, tones and body the books “Ngữ Dụng học”(1998) by Nguyen Duc Dan. The author language are not included. also mentions pre-sequences and considers them as conversational 1.6. ORGANIZATION OF THE STUDY openings. He points out the functions of using pre-sequences such as The study is organized into five chapters: Chapter 1 is Introduction; surveying or making a favorable atmosphere before starting the Chapter 2 is Literature Review and Theoretical Background; Chapter conversation. 3 is Methodology and Procedure; Chapter 4 is Findings and Besides, there are some dissertations of Vietnamese learners Discussions; Chapter 5 is Conclusions about invitation and pre-invitation sequences and some related issues CHAPTER 2: LITERATURE REVIEW to our study which can be listed as Lưu Quý Khương [8,9] Trương AND THEORETICAL BACKGROUND 2.1. LITERATURE REVIEW Speech acts have been researched by many linguists, among of Thị Ánh Tuyết [46], Nguyễn Quang [15]. 2.2. THEORETICAL BACKGROUND 2.2.1. Syntactic features them are Yule and Cutting with many precious theories of this field. 2.2.2. Speech act theory Cutting in “Pragmatics and Discourse” [28, p31-p39] discusses and 2.2.3. Conversational theory points out the purposes of using pre-sequences. He states that Pre- 2.2.4. Politeness theory sequences prepare the ground for a further sequence and signal the 2.2.5. Pre-sequences, Invitation and Pre-invitation type of utterance to follow and they also be used with a negativeface-saving function Pre-sequences According to Schegloff (1990)[43, p156] “one job pre- Yule [50] in “Pragmatics” discusses in detail pre-sequences as sequences are designed to do is to explore the likelihood that pre-invitations, pre-requests, and pre-announcements. He states that utterance being prefaced, and the action(s) it will do, will not be the concept of face saving may be helpful in understanding how responded to in a disprefered way- will not for example be rejected”. participants in an interaction inevitably understand more than is said -9In other words, pre-sequences are used to help participants avoid embarrassing disprefered responses. - 10 3.2. DATA COLLECTION The data used in the study were picked out from about 528 Definition of invitation conversations from short stories, novels, books, films in both English The Oxford dictionary of English [45, p.961] defines “invite” and Vietnamese. (verb) as “to make a polite, formal, or friendly request to someone to go somewhere or to do something”. 3.3. DATA ANALYSIS The samples collected were described qualitatively in terms of Pre-sequences in invitation syntactic and functional features according to modern linguistic According to Yule [50, p133] “A Pre-invitation is an utterance points of view in English and Vietnamese. before an invitation to check if an invitation can be made” Nguyễn Thiện Giáp [7, p87], Pre-sequences are called “những lời ướm trước”. He states that “Mở ñầu cuộc thoại thường có chức năng gây chú ý ñể ñối phương cảm thấy sẽ có một hoặc một chuỗi lời The frequency of structures used for pre-invitation sequences was totalized basing on the quantitative method. The syntactic and functional features of pre-invitation sequences were then summarized in some tables. tiếp theo; những câu có tính chất thăm dò ñối phương về chủ thể, về The contrastive method was applied to analyze the similarities quan hệ, về cách thức giao tiếp. Như vậy, những lời chào, những lời and differences in the syntactic and functional features of pre- hô gọi, những lời thưa gửi, làm quen…là những lời mở ñầu”. invitation sequences in the two languages. Some generalizations and CHAPTER 3 METHODOLOGY AND PROCEDURE 3.1. RESEARCH DESIGN implications were drawn out after the data analysis. 3.4. PROCEDURES Firstly, pre-invitation sequences in conversations were The research is studied according to qualitative approach that collected; secondly, the samples were categorized into groups on the is the combination between descriptive and contrastive methods to basis of the syntactic features; thirdly, we analyzed the syntactic and describe and analyze the syntactic and functional features of pre- functional features of pre-invitation sequences in both languages; invitation sequences in English and Vietnamese. The quantitative fourthly, the similarities and differences of pre-invitation sequences approach is also used in order to summarize the frequency of in English and Vietnamese were identified and then summarized; structures used for pre-invitation sequences. fifthly, some implications for teaching and learning of pre-invitation - 11 - - 12 - sequences for the Vietnamese learners of English as well as some other issues for further research were suggested after the conclusion Declarative Questions (20) Blade: You getting tired? was briefly reviewed. Jean: Uh, he’s got so much energy he wears me out 3.5. VALIDITY AND RELIABILITY sometimes. CHAPTER 4 Blade: Could I take you out to lunch? FINDINGS AND DISCUSSIONS [102] Tag questions: Its significance of a question comes from the 4.1. THE SYNTACTIC FEATURES OF PRE-INVITATION tag, which has the construction of an auxiliary a predicator followed SEQUENCES IN ENGLISH AND VIETNAMESE by a personal pronouns as the subject. 4.1.1. The syntactic representation of pre-invitation sequences in English Pre-invitation sequence as a word Pre-invitation sequences as a sentence: Declaratives, Interrogatives, Imperatives, Exclamatives. - Declarative structure (positive declarative) - Interrogative statements: containing subtypes such as Yes/ No questions, Information questions, Declarative questions and Tag questions. Sylvia: You like salad, don’t you? The man: Yes Sylvia: I’ll make a nice salad. Come! [61, p193] - Imperative: beginning with a verb or verb phrase and exist in both affirmative and negative forms. Pre-invitation sequences one more sentence 4.1.2. The syntactic representation of pre-invitation sequences in Vietnamese Pre-invitation sequence as a phrase Yes/ No question: including subtypes: Complete questions, Incomplete questions Information questions (17) (19) M: What’s your plan today? An: I can’t decide what to do M: How about visiting the Great Wall with me?[55, p99] Pre-invitation sequences as a sentence: Declaratives, Interrogatives, Imperatives, Exclamatives. - Declaratives: two forms : affirmative and negative statements. Negative statements in Vietnamese are typically formed with words which have negative meanings such as “chả”, “chẳng”. - 13 - - 14 - (34) Người nhà quê: Chả mấy khi gặp người tử tế như ông, nếu Tag questions: In tag question, normally, we can find out the ông không cho tôi ñược cảm ơn, thì tôi ân phrases “ phải không, có phải không, ñược không, ñúng không” in hận mãi. Nào, mời ông, xin ông ñừng từ chối, the position of the end in the sentences. phụ lòng tôi. [70, p499] - Interrogative statements: containing subtypes such as Yes/ No questions, Information questions, Declarative questions and Tag questions and Alternative questions. Yes/ No question: including subtypes: Complete questions, Incomplete questions. Their structures contain auxiliary verbs namely be, have, do/does before the subject of the sentence. Information questions: the form of statement with indefinite words in their proper positions where the required information goes in declarative sentences: Cái gì, ở ñâu, nơi nào, khi nào, lúc nào, ai, tại sao, cái nào, thứ nào, như thế nào, ra sao, sao, bao lâu, bao xa, mấy giờ….They are also added some final particles such as nhỉ, chứ, thế, vậy… (41) Hạnh: Bây giờ bạn ñịnh ñi ñâu? Văn Châu: Đi về [63, p688] without final particles combined by coordinator “hay, hay là” - Exclamatives: The final particles are found out in the sentences “nhỉ, thay, lắm, thế” or interjections “ôi!, ồ!, trời!, quý hóa quá! ủa”…and some adverbs such as “ghê, quá, biết bao”.. - Imperatives: The prototypical imperatives have no subject or a finite PIs more than one sentence 4.1.3. Similarities and differences of syntactic representation of pre-invitation sequences in English and Vietnamese Similarities Differences 4.2. THE FUNCTIONAL FEATURES OF PRE-INVITATION SEQUENCES IN ENGLISH AND VIETNAMESE 4.2.1. The functional representation of pre-invitation Hạnh: Hay là bạn ghé qua nhà Hạnh chơi chốc nữa hẳn về. Declarative Questions: Alternative questions: containing two polar questions sequences in English Surveying: Pre-invitation sequences with surveying appearing in the affirmative form function are seen as an expression of the speaker’s intention. Through it, he/she can search the hearer’s plans, intentions, attitude, hope… - 15 - - 16 Drawing the hearer’s attention: This function of pre- Notifying (74) A: I’m going to an art exhibition this Saturday. invitation sequences can be found in the situations which the B: Sound great. speakers call the hearer’s name or giving a sign of starting a A: Would you like to go with me? [52, p472] talk next. Reasoning Giving one’s idea (commenting Confirming (78) A: Are you done with that article yet? B: Just finished. Why? conversation so that the hearer concentrates what they are going to Advising: The function advising in the Pre-invitation sequence helps the listeners to realize what they should to do. Showing one’s desire A: Well, wanna take a break and go for a ride? [122] Persuading Reminding a good experience (95) Salli: Do you remember when we went to Robert Frost’s cabin? Advertising The man: Introducing: The speaker introduces themselves to the listener before making an invitation so that the hearer knows who Salii: Well, when you come back from Missouri, I’d like us togo to Robert Frost’s cabin again. he/she is. In addition to, identifying the speaker makes the belief to [62, p79] Warning the hearer. Showing a good will to the hearer. Showing the honor to the listener: (86) Playist: Yes, I do and surely I did. It’d really mean a lot to us if you come over a little Vietnamese early and we got to go to over some leads Surveying Blade: Um… Playist: Please join with the band Explaining Suggesting 4.2.2. The functional features of pre-invitation sequences in [102] (99) Kinh: Biết hút thuốc lá không nào? Khuê: Có ạ Kinh: Đây, ông hút thuốc lá, mình hút thuốc lào.[69, p297] - 17 - - 18 - Notifying: The speakers want the listeners to get information or news so that the hearers can understand or guess what Giàng Súng: Làm gì có. Thế thì mời cụ phó chủ tịch ạ. Bỏ thuốc phiện thì Lão Sếnh: the speakers want to say later. con mèo, con gián, con mối nhà tôi nó cũng phản ñối ñấy. Reasoning Confirming [82, p513] Showing the honor to the listener (111) Bà cụ: Nói thế chứ những thứ này cậu Phán ăn sao ñược? (133) Bẩm các cụ, chả mấy khi các cụ có lòng chiếu cố ñến chơi Cậu có ăn thì lại vào cao lâu. nhà chúng cháu. Gọi là có chén rượu nhạt, xin rước các cụ cứ Cậu Phán: Cao lâu cũng không ngon bằng hàng của cụ. thật thà ñi cho. Bà cụ: Vậy cậu mua ñi cho tôi vài hào. [66, p271] Showing the good will to the hearer Explaining Advertising (115) Nga: Đậu phụ vẫn còn nóng, trắng mịn chẳng khác gì hàng ñậu ngon ở nhà ñâu anh ạ. Anh lấy mấy bìa mở hàng, em ñể rẻ cho. [66, p133] [88, p314] Advising (140) Việt: Tuyết rơi dày như thế này có lẻ chị và cháu không về ñược ñâu. Cháu Nam lại dang sốt, nhất ñịnh ra ngoài Persuading sẽ rất nguy hiểm. Hai mẹ con nên nghĩ lại ñây. Đừng Giving one’s ideas (commenting ngại. [88, p323] Ở Hà Nội mà không biết bún mọc thì tẩm lắm, Reminding a good experience Phượng ạ. Suggesting Phượng: Nhưng mà… Introducing (121) A: A: Nhưng mà cái gì! Tôi khao! [83, p171] (144) Kiều Vân: Chào cô Xuân, cho phép tôi ñược giới thiệu Tôi là Kiều Vân phụ trách tài chính ở ñây. Warning (128) Lão Sếnh: Ông sợ mất chức phó chủ tịch nên không dám hút? Nhưng thế không hợp mệnh trời ñâu, ông Giàng Súng ạ. Cô Xuân: Chào cô Kiều Vân. Kiều Vân: Trưa nay chị có rảnh không vậy? Tôi mời chị ñi ăn trưa ñể chúng ta làm quen. [107] - 19 - - 20 - Showing one’s desire 13. Advising 1 0.37 8 3.05 Drawing the hearer’s attention 14. Reminding a good experience 1 0.37 8 3.05 15. Showing one’s desire 1 0.37 1 0.39 16. Warning 1 0.37 14 5.34 17. Showing a good will to the hearer. 1 0.37 10 3.81 Total 266 100 262 100 4.2.3. Similarities and differences of functional representation of Pre-invitation sequence in English and Vietnamese Table 4.9: Summary of relative frequency ( % ) of functional representation of Pre-invitation sequences in English and Similarities Vietnamese Types of function English language Vietnamese language Number Frequency (%) Number Differences CHAPTER 5 Frequency (%) 1. Surveying 65 24.41 48 18.32 2. Notifying 46 17.27 36 13.74 3. Reasoning 38 14.26 27 10.3 4. Confirming 31 11.63 24 9.16 CONCLUSIONS 5.1. CONCLUSIONS With the result of data analysis and the comparison of similarities and differences in Pre-invitation sequence in both languages English and Vietnamese, I would like to make some final 5. Persuading 17 6.37 19 7.25 6. Advertising 16 6.01 22 8.39 7. Introducing 13 4.81 4 1.51 8. Showing the honor to the 10 3.71 11 4.19 remarks and implications in reference to their syntax and function. 1. Syntactically At first, Pre-invitation sequences in both languages can appear in many structures. For instance, a word, a sentence and more than listener one sentence. In addition, PIs as a sentence have many forms such as 9. Explaining 9 3.36 9 3.43 10. Suggesting 8 3.00 5 1.90 11. Drawing the hearer’s attention 5 1.83 1 0.39 12. Giving one’s idea 4 1.49 15 5.72 Declaratives, Interrogatives, Imperatives, Exclamatives. It means that PIs are popularly used in English and Vietnamese Furthermore, mood relates the proposition to its context in speech event. Each mood type is basically associated with an - 21 - - 22 - illocutionary act. Linguistically, specific functions of PIs are realized Vietnamese typically have the form of a declarative with indefinite in the selecting mood, voice, modal element and certain expression in words and positions in the questions. English. In Vietnamese, function words or expressions and their arrangement in the sentence are essential means. In addition, we can recognize that all structures in both languages contain modifying acts as pre-modifying (greeting or vocative) or post- modifying (vocative) English exploits mood, word forms and intonation for distinction of clause types. In Vietnamese, the use of particles, functional words and word combination take the role. Finally, the British tend to prefer to use imperative structures than the Vietnamese. Probably, the directness seems to be more Finally, Pre-invitation sequences not only have one sentence favored in this culture. Whereas, the Vietnamese use the exclamative but also many sentences or they take many turns. The speakers can structures more frequently than the English since this structure is use many structures to express their intentions. Depend on different quite expressive and it therefore can help them to show their feeling situations, hearers, aims they intend, they might use different ways to and attitude precisely. impact the listeners so that the listeners know ambiguously or clearly 2. Functionally, Pre-invitation sequences have many different what the speakers want. Using PIs more than one sentence helps the functions in English and Vietnamese such as Surveying, Notifying, invitation to be more powerful and effective. Reasoning, Confirming, Persuading, Advertising, Introducing, Although Pre-invitation sequences in both languages share a Showing the attitude/ the honor to the listener, Explaining, Drawing lot of similar features, we can still find a significant number of the hearer’s attention, Reminding a good experience, Showing one’s differences. desire, Giving one’s ideas, Warning, Introducing one’s self, The results reveal that mood in English is grammatically Suggesting. It means that using PIs is necessary in communication. formed by the order of the subject and the finite. But in Vietnamese PIs in English and Vietnamese can have a variety of functions mood are lexically recognized by typical markers, particularly by such as Surveying, Notifying, Reasoning, Confirming, Persuading, typical words or modal particles. Advertising, Introducing, Showing the attitude/ the honor to the Moreover, Interrogative mood in English is usually formed listener, Explaining, Drawing the hearer’s attention, Reminding a with the inversion of the finite operator or modal finite and the good experience, Showing one’s desire. It means that PIs are subject of the sentence. In contrast, information questions in popularly used in English and Vietnamese. - 23 - - 24 - Furthermore, forms of the structures of different functions are warms all relationships and makes favorable air in communication. realized to be analogous in two languages. For examples, Therefore, PIs with the above functions such as giving one’s idea, Interrogatives for surveying function and confirming, declaratives for warning, showing a good will, advising and reminding is a good way notifying, reasoning and advertising, reminding a good experience in to show the speaker’s affection to the hearer. So that, Hs feel the Interrogatives. honesty from Ss. It makes the inviting act is more powerful and Both Vietnamese and British people, searching information effective. from the hearers such as their plan, their intention, their interest is the We can realize Vietnamese people like to use PIs with many most popular way to make PIs. It makes both the speaker and hearer different functions and are distributed quite equally. While English feel free or comfortable in inviting as well as reacting to the people might use popular PIs like surveying, confirming, notifying invitation. Therefore, it can minimize the addressee’s face threats. and reasoning. This is further proof of what has been claimed as the Besides some similarities in functional representation of Pre- value of face in the two languages. Vietnamese people tend to be invitation sequence in English and Vietnamese, we also find out more careful about the way they use PIs. Vietnamese people consider differences in functional representation of PIs. invitation as a privilege. Accepting invitation without thinking is Firstly, we can see that there are a few functions of pre- considered as greedy person. So they might refuse the invitation at invitation sequences which can appear more frequently in English the first time, and the speakers invite one more time or use the variety than in Vietnamese and other wise. For instance, PIs with Introducing of structures as well as functions of PIs to show their good will to one’s self function in English appear more than those in Vietnamese. the listeners. English people have a habit of introducing themselves to others or 5.2. IMPLICATIONS FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING OF they are willing to invite the strange one to do something at the first ENGLISH time after introducing themselves or starting a conversation with some savoir vivre. On the contrary, Vietnamese people seem to be more cautious. 5.2.1. Implication for the learners In order to succeed in making an invitation, learners should use appropriate structures as well as functions. Learners should know the It can be said that Vietnamese belongs to Asian culture, where purpose of using Pre-invitation sequences, from that they can choose sentiment and affection are important. The relationships among the most appropriate structures or functions to get their aims persons to persons are highly expected. Showing the caring to others effectively. Moreover, learners should realize the differences in using - 25 - - 26 - PIs in both languages English and Vietnamese. So that they can The corpus was built with limited samples of Pre-invitation in minimize the risk of cultural sock when they give an invitation. English and Vietnamese from textbooks, novels, short stories, films. Learners should study to speak not only grammatically, but also We could not conduct a fieldwork to collect authentic samples of PIs appropriately to achieve communicative goals. used in everyday conversations. The study has just addressed the issues of Pre-invitation 5.2.2. Implication for the teachers Teachers should introduce some similarities and differences in sequences in syntactic and functional features in English and giving an inviting act in both languages in English and Vietnamese. Vietnamese. Other elements such as voice, intonation, tone playing So that learners know necessity of using PIs and know how to use important role in producing PIs have not been considered yet. properly. The most important is that teachers should remind learners Finally, using pre-invitation sequences in both languages is when giving PIs, learners should orient to the using of the target effected by social factors such as age, social positions, power, sex, language. They should not translate words by words from profession, education, income…but they are not mentioned in this Vietnamese in English. Teachers should have many class activities study. relating making an invitation and they need to create a teaching 5.4. SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER RESEARCH environment with real life situations so that learners can practice This study has been an attempt at analyzing the syntactic and using Pre-invitation as much as possible. For each purpose of functional features of PIs in English and Vietnamese with the main invitation, teachers encourage learners to speak what they think. purpose to find out the similarities and differences in using PIs After that, they give some feedbacks for using appropriate structures between the two languages. However, within the limitation of a M.A and functions in order to communicate effectively. thesis, a full description of this speech act cannot be done. In order to 5.3. LIMITATIONS gain better results and provide much valuable knowledge about Pre- The research has been carried out with our great effort. However, it certainly cannot avoid some weakness due to the researcher’s limitation of time, knowledge, materials and other objective factors. invitation sequence in English and Vietnamese for the learners of English. The following are suggested for further study: - Pragmatic and cultural aspects of pre-invitation sequences in English and Vietnamese. - Pre-invitation sequences in non- verbal communication.
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